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Day Out Guide: A Short Break in Lincoln

Sunday, June 7th, 2015
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In celebration of the launch our new flexible short breaks, we’re looking at what you can do across the UK in 48 hours. Today, we’re delving into what Lincoln has to offer. This beautiful cathedral city is jam-packed full of history and culture, as well as offering plenty for visitors to discover and explore, so read on to see how you could spend a weekend in Lincoln.

What to See

You can’t go to Lincoln without paying a visit to the Magna Carta. It was housed in Lincoln Cathedral until earlier this year, which sees the 800th anniversary of the document’s sealing. To celebrate the anniversary, a new exhibition has been built for the Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle, including an underground widescreen cinema. Or if you’re not shy of a bit of a climb, take the 338 steps up Lincoln Cathedral to experience panoramic views across the rest of the city and surrounding countryside. The cathedral itself is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture, full of intricate detail and is well worth a visit, even if you don’t fancy the stairs. Look out for the Lincoln Imp who can be found in the details of the cathedral; according to legend, he was turned to stone by an angel for misbehaving!

Where to Eat

Lincoln offers somewhere delightful to eat, whatever you’re in the mood for. For a delicious three course roast dinner with all the trimmings, try The Old Bakery in the Uphill area, which comes very well recommended. For a light refreshment, Bunty’s Tea Room on Steep Hill is a picturesque, traditional tea room- perfect for re-fuelling with a cup of tea and piece of home-made cake!  If you’re in the mood for something with local dishes, wander down to the Cheese Society Café on St. Martin’s Lane which specialises in artisan cheese and also offers many local Lincolnshire delicacies including Lincolnshire Poacher cheese and Lincolnshire plum bread. Hidden gem, La Trattoria Da Vincenzo, is located in an unassuming building on West Parade and serves incredible, traditional Italian food from a family recipe using fresh ingredients.

What to Do

Recently named Britain’s Best Street, Lincoln’s Steep Hill offers a unique shopping experience that is not to be missed! It contains some of the oldest buildings in the city and is full of charming independent shops, book stores and cafes. So called because of the steep gradient of the street, Steep Hill is quite the climb but helpfully, there is a shuttle bus that will take you up the hill, which you can hop and hop off. Or if you’re more interested on swotting up on Lincoln’s history than shopping, then you should try their Roman Trail, which can you follow using a printed version from the visitor’s centre or via their app. The trail takes you around the remains of the Roman city, which was built between AD50 and AD60, and also to The Collection Museum where you’ll find Roman artefacts and exhibitions.

Book your stay in Lincoln

Sykes Cottages have some lovely holiday accommodation in Lincoln and many wonderful holiday cottages for you to choose from. For more information on our cottages in Lincoln or our flexible short breaks, please visit the website.

 

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

10 reasons you need to visit the Isle of Wight

Monday, June 1st, 2015
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As one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations, both for Brits and those travelling from abroad, the Isle of Wight needs no introduction. However, there are still many of you out there who haven’t visited this beautiful place and so we’ve made it our personal mission to convince you! Here are ten reasons why you should pay a visit to the Isle of Wight as soon as possible:

1. The beaches are some of the best in the UK, with over 57 miles of stunning coastline on offer.

 

2. It’s not only the beaches that are pretty here, the villages aren’t too bad either!

 

3. You’ll be spoilt for choice with all the delicious food on offer.

 

4. There are plenty of fun festivals throughout the year, from Old Gaffers to the Garlic Festival!

 

5. The island is actually one of the best places for dinosaur discovery in Europe and at Compton Bay you can see real dinosaur footprints at low tide!

 

6. There are plenty of spectacular walking and cycling paths for you to explore.

 

7. The island also has a thriving population of endangered red squirrels. It is actually an offence to introduce grey squirrels to the island.

 

8. It’s officially the sunniest place in the UK, with over 1,800 hours of sunshine a year- perfect for a summer holiday!

 

9. The Isle of Wight is the home of yachting and the sailing here is considered some of the best in the world.

 

10. “It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot” said Queen Victoria of her Isle of Wight holiday home- well, if it’s good enough for royalty!

To see our full collection of holiday cottages in the Isle of Wight then please visit our website. We have a dedicated team of holiday advisors who are on hand seven days a week from 9am until 9.30pm. You can get in touch by giving us a call on 01244 356 695 or by emailing us; we’d be delighted to help you to book your Isle of Wight holiday!

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

Cottages Perfect for Families with Teenagers

Sunday, May 31st, 2015
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At Sykes Cottages, we pride ourselves on being a family-friendly accommodation option, with over 4,000 holiday cottages that are perfect for families. However sometimes, family-friendly accommodation can focus more on those with young children and gloss over older kids. That’s why in today’s blog post, we’re taking a look at our holiday cottages that are ideal for families with teenagers- from keeping them entertained to making sure they don’t miss out on their social life back home, we’ve got you covered with these getaway ideas!

Bay Dream, Filey, North Yorkshire

This pretty seaside cottage in Filey is ideal for a family with teens. Bay Dream offers plenty of space for the whole family with a modern, open plan living area, as well as two comfy bedrooms, both with their own TVs and DVDs- ideal for preventing the classic ‘what to watch on TV’ argument! There’s a Nintendo Wii with good selection of games that the whole family can play together and the holiday development offers lots of activities to keep teens entertained, including snorkelling, bike hire, tennis and a heated indoor swimming pool.

Lower Lodge, Alberbury, Shropshire

Would the thought of a whole week without their games console send your teenager into a cold sweat? Here at Sykes, we have lots of wonderful holiday cottages that come complete with Xboxes, Wiis and Playstations; Lower Lodge has its own games room with wide-screen TV and Xbox, as well as a pool table and table tennis for when eyes get tired of the screen. If games consoles aren’t really your cup of tea, there’s also an outdoor hot tub which is perfect for parents to relax in whilst the children make the most of the games room.

Bunbury, Farley, Staffordshire

One of the easiest ways to keep your teenager happy on holiday is to book a holiday near an attraction they’ll enjoy. This spacious holiday cottage is just five minutes’ walk from Alton Towers- the thrilling rides at this theme park are sure to keep even the most surly of teenagers happy for the day! There are many other days out near Bunbury that are suitable for all the family, including Chatsworth House and the lovely market town of Ashbourne with its delightful cobbled alleys, pubs and tea rooms.

Valley View, Lanfihangel-ar-Arth, Carmarthenshire

If your teenager is addicted to their phone, booking a holiday cottage with WiFi is a sure-fire way to ensure there are no teenage tantrums on arrival at your destination. Valley View is a beautiful, detached property just four miles from Llandysul with its wonderful beaches and dolphin-spotting opportunities. However, what is sure to please a social media mad teen the most is the WiFi, enabling them to stay connected to their friends and keep up to date with the latest news on Twitter!

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

Book a romantic getaway with our new Flexible Breaks

Monday, May 18th, 2015
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We all love a romantic getaway. Whether you’ve been with your partner for 4 months or 40 years, they’re a nice way to spend some quality time together away from everyday distractions. That’s why at Sykes Cottages, we think you take advantage of our new Flexible Breaks to treat your loved one to a romantic short break; you can earn some major brownie points and get a great value holiday in the process! Here are just some of the romantic holiday cottages which are taking part in our Flexible Breaks offer:

The White House, Yorkshire

Fancy getting away to a romantic holiday cottage with a hot tub? Look no further than The White House in East Riding of Yorkshire. This pretty, whitewashed cottage is nestled in a picturesque village, perfectly placed for exploring all that this part of Yorkshire has to offer. With characterful features including traditional beams and an exposed brick fireplace, this holiday cottage is ideal for a cosy couples getaway. Outside, there’s a sheltered patio for alfresco dining and a bubbling hot tub to while the evening away in.

Trevenna Cabin, Cornwall

For a coastal short break, Trevenna Cabin is the perfect choice. This Cornwall log cabin is located in almost an acre of gardens and woodland, guaranteeing couples total privacy and a relaxing, peaceful holiday. The south coast of Cornwall is within easy reach with its beautiful beaches and charming seaside villages- St Austell Bay is just 3 miles away. Trevenna Cabin is also just a 5 minute walk from an award-winning pub which serves delicious food and boasts an impressive selection of local ales.

Berwyn Cottage, Powys

A weekend away in the Welsh countryside is a wonderful way to spend some quality time with your partner. From Berwyn Cottage, you’re well placed to explore the beautiful Powys countryside with plenty of cycle trails and walking routes right from the doorstep, including the Offa’s Dyke path. This holiday home makes the most of its stunning location with a balcony offering spectacular views across the valley- the perfect place to relax and enjoy the evening sun after a long day exploring the landscape. If you fancy a nice cold drink then you won’t have to walk far either as the owner’s lovely pub is just next door!

Beechlands Cottage, Cheshire

Beechlands Cottage is a unique holiday rental combining the best of both worlds. Set in the historic Cheshire market town of Frodsham, this cosy cottage is perfect for getting away from it all with many rural walking opportunities nearby including the Sandstone Trail and North Cheshire Way. The property is just a short walk away from the town’s restaurants, bakeries and pubs, as well as the popular weekly market which is held on a Thursday. However, if you fancy heading out for the day, there are plenty of lively cities within easy reach including Chester, Liverpool and Manchester.

Book a 2 night cottage break with Sykes Cottages

If we’ve inspired you to take advantage of our Flexible Breaks to book a romantic two night getaway with your loved one, then please click to see the full list of cottages that offer Flexible Breaks. If you need any help in finding the perfect property for you, our reservations specialists are on hand to help 7 days a week. We’re open from 9am until 9.30pm- you can get in touch by giving us a call on 01244 356 695 or by sending us an email.

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

Family Friendly Cottages in South East England

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
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This week on the Sykes Cottages blog, we’ve been focusing on South East England- a fantastic place for a memorable family holiday with plenty of stunning beaches and exciting days out! Whether you fancy a break in the glorious ‘Garden of England’, a getaway in the rolling countryside of Sussex or a holiday by the sea on the picturesque South East coastline, Sykes Cottages will have a holiday home to suit you. To get you feeling inspired, here are just a few of the wonderful cottages in South East England that we have to offer:

The Barn, East Farleigh, Kent

Holiday cottage in Kent

The Barn, East Farleigh, Kent. Ref 920096

This spectacular holiday home is a child’s paradise with its own heated outdoor swimming pool, children’s play area, trampoline and bouncy castle, which is available through prior arrangement with the owner. The property itself is a picturesque barn conversion which dates back to Cromwell’s times. Full of character and original features, with a lovely pub just 5 minutes’ walk, The Barn is an excellent choice for both adults and children. East Farleigh is a great base to explore all the Kent has to offer with family days out close by such as Go Ape Leeds Castle and The Hop Farm Family Park.

Flushing House, Rye, East Sussex

Holiday cottage in East Sussex

Flushing House, Rye, East Sussex. Ref. 21914

Flushing House is a unique Tudor cottage built around 1520 and is now a Grade II listed building. The cottage itself is beautiful with a weather-boarded exterior and original features including exposed beams and a bread oven. Tucked into the heart of Rye’s historic Citadel, this lovely cottage is just a minute’s walk from everything that the town has to offer and there are plenty of family attractions nearby including Rye Castle Museum, Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings and Smuggler’s Adventure.

90 Regent Street, Whitstable, Kent

Holiday cottage in Kent

90 Regent Street, Whitstable, Kent, Ref. 920619

This charming Victorian fisherman’s cottage in the lively seaside town of Whitstable is ideal for a coastal getaway. Bright, airy and spacious, 90 Regent Street comfortably sleeps a family of 6 in 3 bedrooms and has its own lovely garden for playing and dining alfresco. The town’s pretty harbour and many restaurants and pubs are less than 5 minutes’ walk, and the shoreline surrounding Whitstable is perfect for swimming, sunbathing and making sandcastles! Nearby family-friendly attractions include Wildwood and The Canterbury Tales.

Bixley, Beckley, East Sussex

Holiday cottage in East Sussex

Bixley, Beckley, East Sussex. Ref. 904938

Nestled at the heart of Beckley Woods, this former woodman’s home will take the whole family back to nature. Beckley Woods is a Forestry Commission conservation site and guests at Bixley will benefit from fantastic woodland walks from the doorstep, as well as birdwatching opportunities and half an acre of mature gardens to explore. If you feel the need to head out for the day, Rye with its cobbled streets, tea rooms and castle is just a short drive away. For fun-filled family days out, you could try the Shipwreck Museum or the Rare Breeds Centre.

You can see our full collection of holiday cottages in South East England here. If you need any help in picking the perfect property for you then please give us a call on 01244 356 695 and one of our reservations specialists will be more than happy to help!

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By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.